Week 12 – Disappointing Performances

Monday – Rest Day

How have I already been blogging for 12 weeks?! It feels like I only set this up a month ago, but time really has flown by! Thanks so much to everyone who’s been reading and following so far, I’ve been using this platform to stay motivated and reflect in my running. I can say so far it’s worked really well and helped me identify any patterns in my training (especially in my mindset).

I’m really struggling with losing the hour on Saturday night. My skin has broken out and I’m struggling to get going during the day. I’ve always been someone who needs a lot of sleep – anything less than 9 hours and I will be a non-functioning mess the next day. Ideally I need 10 hours, but that doesn’t leave much time for living during the day!

Tuesday – 5.9 miles

A (what should have been) slightly easier session made up of 2x 4 minutes, 3 minutes, 90s, 45s.

The last time I did this session it was on a track. I had some ambitious paces to reach.

My route planning really let me down today – I ended up going uphill on horse paths for a couple of the reps, and I may as have been running on the beach. Whoops. Disappointingly my live pace tracker on my watch had been a bit off, so the paces I thought I’d hit, I actually hadn’t.

Even though it wasn’t the pacing I’d hoped to reach, it was a good session in terms of pushing myself and not giving up. And my sleeping pattern still hasn’t adjusted so I’m pleased I could still get out an OK session at less than my ideal state of fitness.

Wednesday – 4 miles

Easy run today. Really lovely little plod, although at halfway I did manage to get caught in a downpour. Running is not a glamorous sport!

I took some time to do my usual core routine, and added in some glute exercises too. I’m really trying to fix my hip drop, so targeting glute med specifically as the weakness is really letting down my form.

Thursday – 4 miles

Easy miles again today. I had a day off so I popped to the running shop to try on some potential new track shoes. I wanted something around the 6mm drop mark, with a bit of cushioning. I really liked the New Balance Zantes, felt like I could easily run sessions in it. Not wanting to make a rash decision, I’m going back on Tuesday after a bit more research.

I also treated myself to some new gym gear from h&m – one of my favourite sports bras is from there, so I had a bit of a browse and came away with a few bits. I’m not rushing to do any long runs or sessions in the leggings I got, but I tried them out on my easy run tonight and was pleasantly surprised by the quality. Definitely worth checking out (especially if you can use them for gym work and not just running).

I took some time to stretch out in the evening.

Friday – 7.3 miles

Sessions of 10x 800m with 1.5 miles of warm up and cool down.

I thought the 90s recoveries would be tough, but it turned out the torrential rain and flooded paths were worse.

After rep number 7 I knew my tummy was about to let me down and headed over to the loos after rep number 8. The last time I did this session I ended up with a poorly tummy, and haven’t had one since (until now!) so the last 2 reps were so difficult as I was drenched and cooled down slightly.

Best not to dwell and just focus on getting warm and dry.

Saturday – Rest Day

I haven’t had a good solid session for a few weeks now, and I’m just trying not to let it get to me.

People say that social media makes comparison so easy, but even without social media, I still have a few super fast friends that always make me feel like I’m not a proper runner. Ultimately I can swear off social media and isolate myself from anyone who has anything to do with running, but really I just need to deal with my own insecurities and worries.

I used to think if I just kept working away I’d keep knocking my times down, but I’m really freaking out about my performances over the last few (9!) months and so worried I’ve reached a plateau.

Sunday – 12 miles

My poorly tummy still hadn’t recovered from Friday. It made the first 7 miles a slog, but after that it was plain sailing. So many negative thoughts while I was running, but I think that’s just reflective of my current mindset.

I took some time to stretch out in the afternoon.


Total miles for the week: 33.2

Well that was a fairly disappointing week, especially looking at my sessions. I have to believe that there’s better times ahead, so don’t worry – I’ll be back next week as per usual (and the week after that, and the week after that…!). Thanks so much for reading everyone x

4 thoughts on “Week 12 – Disappointing Performances

  1. Laurie says:

    33+ miles a disappointing week? You are doing great! I often go through high and low periods in my training (for no apparent reason). You will have some good training runs again. Sometimes it helps me to look back at my training log to see what I was doing/eating/drinking when my training was going well. Good luck!

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    1. thelongrunback_rachel says:

      Aww thank you! What a lovely read, and good advice on activity tracking alongside training. I tend to keep an eye on my sleep as I find that’s a good indicator of how my overall health and well-being is, but I definitely need to keep a closer eye on diet etc.


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